NEWS
Saturday February 15 2020
Probable line-ups: Atalanta v Roma

Roma are expected to change system and move Gianluca Mancini into midfield for tonight’s fourth place showdown with fully fit Atalanta.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

This is a head-to-head for fourth place, as the Bergamo boys have a three-point advantage over their rivals for Champions League football.

Gian Piero Gasperini has a full squad to choose from and is expected to use his ideal XI, even though they’ll face Valencia in the Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday.

That means birthday boy Papu Gomez supporting Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata, with Timothy Castagne and Robin Gosens as the wing-backs.

Roma, on the other hand, have some serious problems for coach Paulo Fonseca to consider and many believe this will lead to a change of system.

Javier Pastore, Nicolò Zaniolo, Amadou Diawara, Davide Zappacosta and Antonio Mirante are all out injured, with former Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante suspended.

This shortage of options in the centre could prompt Fonseca to move defender Mancini into a midfield role, one he has already performed with impressive results earlier this season.

His task would be to bring balance to the side and help protect the defence.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan can then step in with Lorenzo Pellegrini and Diego Perotti as support for Edin Dzeko.

Bruno Peres and another ex-Atalanta man, Leonardo Spinazzola, are the favourites at full-back, sending Aleksandar Kolarov to the bench.

Cengiz Under and Justin Kluivert disappointed lately, while Carles Perez is not considered ready to start.

Probable line-ups

Atalanta (3-4-1-2): Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Castagne, De Roon, Pasalic, Gosens; Gomez; Ilicic, Duvan Zapata

Roma (4-1-4-1): Pau Lopez; Bruno Peres, Fazio, Smalling, Spinazzola; Mancini; Mkhitaryan, Veretout, Pellegrini, Perotti; Dzeko

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